SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont.—Justin Trudeau is courting voters who feel Canadian businesses have missed out on a significant economic opportunity in clean technologies. The federal Liberal leader was in Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie Aug. 18 to announce his environment and economy plan that would pour an additional $200 million into cleantech each year.
“After ten years, Stephen Harper has failed to deliver a sensible, credible approach to the economy and the environment,” Trudeau said. “Middle class families in Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and right across the country are struggling to make ends meet. Only Liberals have a real plan that will invest in our future and ensure everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed.”
“Mr. Harper does not understand that clean technologies… create good middle class Canadian jobs, build wealth, and reduce pollution,” Trudeau added. “Only Liberals have the plan to create the sustainable prosperity and jobs middle class families deserve.”
The Liberals say they would collaborate with the private sector, provincial and territorial governments, as well as research institutions to create sector-specific strategies that support clean technologies in the forestry, fisheries, mining, energy, and agricultural sectors. Trudeau noted the sector and its potential have been consistently overlooked under Harper.
In addition to the $200 million for cleantech, the candidate also said the Liberals would invest $100 million more each year to tackle Canada’s most pressing environmental challenges.